Watching the Slow Motion Implosion

When you take all of the events occurring right now, both on the financial front and the social front globally, one can easily get the sense you are watching a slow motion implosion of societal structures. The question becomes how to react to the events. On the one hand, do you get involved, act, react, prepare, declare, etc. or do you just observe and stay detached. I think anyone who is awake is asking these types of questions at the moment.

From a financial perspective, the situation in Europe I fear is going to spread like wildfire in the next few months.  There are many reasons for this, but mostly it is that those who “know” the truth have not been truthful with the general public.  Their reasoning for this is that they don’t want to precipitate a general panic, but the truth is they are trying to save their butts from an angry mob.

The events, however, are overwhelming them and the next few weeks these events are going to spiral out of control.  What events you ask? consider these most recent revelations.

Greece will need financial assistance amounting to between €100-120bn over the next three years, German parliamentarians claimed on Wednesday after meeting Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank. They said that the €45bn currently proposed as a rescue package of loans from the IMF and other members of the eurozone was only enough for the first year of support. Yields on two-year Greek bonds rose to above 16 per cent on Wednesday amid growing nervousness about the state of the country’s deteriorating public finances.

When you consider these kinds of numbers, the reality dictates these are not doable in any fashion.  Greece could not devise draconian enough austerity plans to address this kind of debt and the supporting eurozone could not possibly support such an effort. I say this because Greece is not an isolated case given the situations which are similar in Spain, Portugal, Italy and for that matter the UK as well. “It’s not a question of the danger of contagion; contagion has already happened,” Angel Gurría told Bloomberg. “This is like Ebola. When you realise you have it you have to cut your leg off in order to survive.”

Credit rating agencies have been criticized for their role in the financial crisis, but their views are still closely watched by investors anxious about the deteriorating public finances of some of the world’s most heavily indebted countries. S&P’s announcement hit Spain’s stocks and bonds. Spanish 10-year bond yields, which have an inverse relationship with prices, rose to 4.127 per cent, while the stock market tumbled 3 per cent. Greek bond prices fell further in the wake of Tuesday’s downgrade of Greece’s credit rating to junk status by S&P. Ten-year bond yields jumped to 9.91 per cent. The euro was down 0.1 per cent at $1.3135, its lowest since April 2009.

In the UK, the political candidates are debating and without exception they are lying to the public as to the extent and nature of UK national debt.  At best they are representing the issue at 25% of reality.  They cannot bring themselves to even utter the truth about what austerity measures will be required for fear of evoking Greek like riots in Britain.  The truth is they know that in this case the truth would not set them free but exactly the opposite, it would land them in jail or worse on the pointy end of a pitchfork.

Social unrest combined with these financial realities is beginning to spread world-wide as well.  These issues tend to simmer for a period and then rapidly come to a boil.  We are seeing just this in Thailand, the Ukraine, Greece and now I fear the US.  Politicians and talking heads tend to fuel the fires for their own selfish purposes which does not help the situation.

The immigration issues in the US are a prime example of how irresponsible political leaders are acting for what they perceive as political positioning.  Arizona’s politicians managed to guide frustrations into an absurd legislative action that can only bring riots and bloodshed.  At the core of the issue when examined with the cool head is how NAFTA and the impacts of NAFTA were not planned for and dealt with as they unfolded.  NAFTA created a situation in Arizona where agricultural products from Arizona were allowed to be imported into Mexico cheaper than Mexicans could produce the products and import them into the US.  These activities have increased by over 30% in the last three years. http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Arizona/Publications/Crops/cur-crop.pdf. Over 2,000,000 small farmers in Mexico were displaced by these facts.  However, Arizona imported those farmers to work the fields in Arizona to deal with the rapid increase in cheap labor demand.  Now the social issues are coming home to roost. We see this spilling over into other states like Texas, California, and New Mexico.

Instead of politicians dealing with these facts and the cause and effect elements of the problem, they choose instead to fuel the emotional aspects of the issues for political gain.  They are however, creating a maelstrom of events like is very likely to spiral out of control.  What we need right now is calm honest debate of the cause and effects of the situation on the border.  We need an honest assessment of all of the factors that have created the tension and most of all we need to deal with issues as partners, not enemies.  There is enough stress and frustation on both sides of the border. The apartheid approach simply will not work.

Globally putting all these things together as a giant tapestry, we certainly look like we are heading into the Summer of Hell.  Maybe we ought not take ourselves so seriously.  Maybe we ought to look at the messes we are in and chuckle at how ignorant we can be, and then sit down and figure our way out of this mess.  That is the one thing I think is gravely missing here.  It is our sense of humor and a good belly laugh.  I can hope.

Here’s Uncle Willy’s Thought for the Day:

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Right on Schedule Here Comes the Summer of Hell

In previous articles I have been chronicling how the US government seems to be making big plans to deploy troops on US soil and also to “house” a lot of Americans in the so-called FEMA camps.  At first when I first started to investigate these stories, I really thought it was mostly originating from conspiracy nuts and there wasn’t much to it.  However, I soon began to realize this was not paranoid conspiracy whackos over reacting to sound government planning.  Indeed, the government seems to be making major plans of some sort to deploy troops on US soil in response to some future event.

In the interest of keeping that story updated, there have been recent further activities that I feel I must bring to the attention of my readers.  On the predictive linguistics side, there is strong indication of some sort of major internal US event in the November timeframe of this year.  Also since I last updated this storyline, talk of revolution not just on a domestic basis, but a global basis has been continually increasing in frequency.  George Ure over at Urbansurvival.Com coined the phrase “GLOBEREV”.

First, a little background is provided for those of you who don’t follow the story closely. U.S. Northern Command was formed in 2002.  Here, is their own words, from their site is their mission:

U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established Oct. 1, 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DOD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. USNORTHCOM defends America’s homeland — protecting our people, national power, and freedom of action.

USNORTHCOM’s specific mission:

USNORTHCOM anticipates and conducts Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests

USNORTHCOM’s AOR includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commander of USNORTHCOM is responsible for theater security cooperation with Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas.

USNORTHCOM consolidates under a single unified command existing missions that were previously executed by other DOD organizations. This provides unity of command, which is critical to mission accomplishment.

USNORTHCOM plans, organizes and executes homeland defense and civil support missions, but has few permanently assigned forces. The command is assigned forces whenever necessary to execute missions, as ordered by the president or secretary of defense.

Civil service employees and uniformed members representing all service branches work at USNORTHCOM’s headquarters located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The commander of USNORTHCOM also commands the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a bi-national command responsible for aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for Canada, Alaska and the continental United States.

USNORTHCOM’s civil support mission includes domestic disaster relief operations that occur during fires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. Support also includes counter-drug operations and managing the consequences of a terrorist event employing a weapon of mass destruction. The command provides assistance to a Primary Agency when tasked by DOD. Per the Posse Comitatus Act, military forces can provide civil support, but cannot become directly involved in law enforcement.

In providing civil support, USNORTHCOM generally operates through established Joint Task Forces subordinate to the command. An emergency must exceed the capabilities of local, state and federal agencies before USNORTHCOM becomes involved. In most cases, support will be limited, localized and specific. When the scope of the disaster is reduced to the point that the Primary Agency can again assume full control and management without military assistance, USNORTHCOM will exit, leaving the on-scene experts to finish the job.

The last two paragraphs of this mission statement is interesting in that they acknowledge the Posse Comitatus Act and are very careful to describe when they can circumvent that act.  In a state of presidential declared national state of emergency.  President Obama declared that state of emergency during the so-called swine flu epidemic and has NOT rescinded that order since.

USNORTHCOM started out with 20,000 troops, then late last fall, its troop strength grew to 60,000 troops and we began to see military type vehicles with UN type markings being deployed all over the US.  They were confirmed spotted in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Now today the following emerges:

Source: Examiner

In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as ‘Consequence Management Response Force’ will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.

The special force, which is the new name being given to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry, has been training at Fort Stewart, Georgia and is composed of 80,000 troops.

According to the Army Times,

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack. The key phrase is ‘may be called upon to help with civil unrest.’

A local radio talk show host reported that he had been in contact with a member of the military.  This military source stated that the armed forces have been alerted to the strong possibility that civil unrest may occur in the United States this summer, prior to the midterm elections of 2010.

The source described this as ‘our long, hot summer of discontent’ that could be eerily reminiscent of the summer of 1968 when riots broke out in many of our largest cities.

However, the summer of 2010 could well be much worse due to the players involved.  In 1968 the major players were war protesters.  This time, the outrage simmering beneath the surface of American society involves a broad cross-section of the heartland, and most of them are heavily armed.

It is highly unlikely that these citizens would ever initiate armed conflict of any kind.  In their view, gun rights are for self-defense–and for defense against tyrannical government, which our Founders regarded as the most dangerous force on earth.

However, it has become clear that other groups may well initiate violence in order to start an ‘incident’ that would give Congress a reason to implement martial law, confiscate the citizens’ guns, enforce curfews, and suspend all future elections until such time as it is deemed ‘safe’ to proceed with human liberty as encapsulated in the right to vote.

Tea Party members, for example, have been warned in recent days that members of Andy Stern’s SEIU union and members of the organization formerly known as ACORN plan to infiltrate Tea Party gatherings in order to incite some sort of incident that could result in armed conflict.

To what extent would soldiers use deadly force during such ‘civil unrest’ should the Consequence Management Response Team be utilized?  During the anti-war riots of the 1960s they killed student protesters.  What about now?

The military source cited by the radio host today was asked this very question.  He would merely say that the culture of the U.S. military is changing–half support Obama and the other half are dead-set against him. His conclusion?  There is no way to know for sure if they would obey an order to open fire on ordinary citizens.

When you consider the current situation in Thailand or Greece for example, and look at the events unfolding in Kyrgyzstan or today in the Ukraine one has to wonder what is really going on and who is really behind these efforts.  Granted the economic crisis worldwide has caused a lot of pressure and strain, but I believe there is much more to this story than we know.

The Founders insisted that standing armies were never to be used against American citizens on our own soil, no matter what violations of this principle have occurred in the years following.  In the spirit of the Patriots and of real journalists government must be questioned constantly and held to intense scrutiny in order to preserve liberty.

Some of the more disturbing facts relate to exactly what the troops at USNOTHCOM are training for in getting ready for the Summer of Hell.  According to Northern Command‘s Web site, the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force is a team that will ultimately number about 4,700 personnel from the different military branches that would deploy as the Department of Defense’s initial response force.

Its capabilities include search and rescue, decontamination, medical, aviation, communications and logistical support. Each CCMRF will be composed of three functional task forces — Task Force Operations, Task Force Medical and Task Force Aviation — that have individual operational focus and mission skills, the Web site says. The Army says the unit would be deployed to help local, state or federal agencies deal with such incidents, not take the lead. The law enforcement-type training is not connected to its new mission, it says.

Given these recent activities and keeping to my belief that MSM is not reporting this or underreporting this, I think everybody ought to start paying real close attention to these issues.  The CBRNE side of the equation is most disconcerting and when we look at the rhetoric around a possible Israeli-Iranian conflict brewing and that relates to nuclear weapons and capabilities things start to get a little on the scary side.

Also, as I have been consistently saying, we need to tone down the armed citizenry rhetoric and the Tea Party folks really need to take the frontline responsibility in this arena.  If they are who they say they are..true patriots, then they would not precipitate actions that could lead to martial law and all that is associated with that implication. Stay out of the fray, hunker down and most importantly, let your politicians know we are not going to allow anarchy to occur in our streets, maybe in our CONgress, but not our streets.